I had talked to my surgeon about the AMS 800 and the statistics about failure. I was worried that if it had failed, would I be in a pinch and have to get cathed until they operated on me to get it fixed. He said no.. if it failed I just would leak like I did before the implant.
I thought about a double cuff, but I would take the minor leakage over the possiblity of a double problem.
My surgeon also put in a larger cuff than normal. Said he could later put in a smaller one if I leaked too much. I think again I will deal with the little leakage I have. I use a thin pad a day and am happy with it.
The only problem I have is if I sit wrong I will leak. Also I seem to be better during the day than when I lay at night. Do not know why but I leak at four hours laying down. Do not standing?
Bladder Cancer fall 2008, age 53
MVAC Chemo fall 2008 to Jan 2009.
RC of Bladder Feb 2009
Stage 2 high grade bladder cancer
also detected after bladder surgery high grade Prostate cancer
Had AMS 800 implanted July 2009 but surgeon nicked uretha and the cuff had to come out. Then developed infection soon after and they took it all out. Reimplanted Oct. 12 2010 after fistula/infections healed